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Response, lessons learned from sheriff in glider arrest

Article | Jan 17, 2013

Law enforcement officers who arrested a glider pilot for flying legally in airspace over a nuclear power plant were not familiar with operations of that type of aircraft, and some made mistaken assumptions about the airspace over the plant, the sheriff told AOPA after the incident drew criticism from pilots.

Secret 'no-fly zone'?

Article | Jan 10, 2013

Robin Fleming was arrested for breach of peace after flying his sailplane over the H.B. Robinson Nuclear Generating Station at an altitude of 1,518 feet msl—by his estimates, about 1,000 feet over the power plant’s dome. Why?

TFRs set for GOP convention in Tampa

Advocacy | Aug 23, 2012

The FAA has issued a flight advisory notifying pilots of temporary flight restrictions (TFRs) that will be in effect Aug. 26 to 30 associated with the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

Flight schools shouldn’t be scapegoat for foreign student vetting

Advocacy | Jul 19, 2012

A Government Accountability Office report released July 18 indicates that foreign students in the United States received flight training--and earned their pilot certificate--even though some had entered the country illegally or had overstayed their authorized period. The breakdown in oversight occurred from a lack of communication among governmental agencies, not a lack of compliance from flight training providers, AOPA says.

House urges curb on TSA ‘emergency’ rules

Advocacy | Jun 12, 2012

The House has called for the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to curb its use of emergency authority to impose long-term security regulations and directives not tied to a specific threat.

WTOP report misled on aviation security

Advocacy | Jun 06, 2012

AOPA and five other aviation associations represent the bulk of those who make and fly general aviation aircraft, and work closely with security officials and the FAA to keep aviation safe.

Access solution emerging in Grand Junction

Advocacy | May 22, 2012

General aviation tenants facing constrained access under security rules at Colorado's Grand Junction Regional Airport expressed hope that progress is emerging from months of negotiations with officials.

Senators to DHS: Expedite repair-station rule

Advocacy | Apr 02, 2012

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) must promptly complete its rules covering aircraft repair station security - freeing aircraft manufacturers to compete and releasing the FAA from a ban on certifying foreign repair facilities, said members of the Senate Commerce Committee.

Fuller: Protect GPS from current, future threats

Advocacy | Feb 08, 2012

A conditional approval of LightSquared's use of the mobile satellite spectrum in 2011 put GPS signals at risk of dangerous interference, but Congress has the power to protect GPS from present and future threats, AOPA President Craig Fuller told a House subcommittee Feb. 8.